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Archive for April 8th, 2011

Lutfur’s taxi bill

Oh dear…despite having the DLR, the Tube and an extensive bus network, Mayor Lutfur Rahman doesn’t seem to be a fan of the public transport network that his pal Ken Livingstone so frequently boasts he improved.

The Tower Hamlets Tories have just issued the following press release which reveals that despite having to make savage public spending cuts, he’s been spending £400 a month of our money on taxis for himself.

PRESS RELEASE

Mayor of Britain’s poorest borough spends £2,191 on taxi fares

Since his election as Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman has charged the residents of Britain’s poorest borough £2,191.04 on taxi fares, according to information received by way of an enquiry, up to the end of February 2011.

Enquiries from council members show that Mayor Rahman, his deputy and two other leading members have racked up substantial taxi fares.

Black Cabs have regularly been seen outside the Tower Hamlets Council offices with Lutfur Rahman written on card and placed in thier windows. Mayor Rahman is paid £65,000 a year and owns a very smart car which he regularly used and parked at the town hall.

Councillor Peter Golds, leader of the Conservative Group has asked for furthrr details of both hirings and journeys and how much has been paid to taxis to wait outside of buildings.

Says Councillor Golds:

Administration members driving around in taxis when they have cars and the right to park in both residents bays and Civic buildings throughout the borough, is ridiculous. For a council which constantly complains about  “cuts” and has reserves of over  £68 million, why is the leadership wasting this money on taxi fares?”

Notes to Editor:-

  • Cllr Golds received a response to a formal enquiry made on March 24th and numbered 526 573 579, which confirmed from taking up office on Monday 24th October 2010 and February 28 2011 the council had paid a total of £2,191.04 for taxis for Mayor Lutfur Rahman.
  • In addition Deputy Mayor Cllr Ohid Ahmed used taxis for atotal of £102.72 and Cllr Rania Khan £138.29 and Cllr Oliur Rahman, £51.18. Both Cllrs Khan and Rahman are cabinet members.

Perhaps he just prefers being driven around so he can play with his Apple iPhone4 in the back seat?

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